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Poster: light into ashes Date: Mar 26, 2012 10:44am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Serious question for musically inclined sorts...DEAD/nonDEAD

It's interesting that you're a Cream-head at all - if I remember right, you're mainly into classical & jazz (as well as the Dead), so in theory you'd be the kind of listener who'd not be too impressed with Cream's loud jams.
Not that any of us can be pigeonholed into a genre, though. Probably key to anyone's getting into the Dead is the ability to like a variety of musical approaches.

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Mar 26, 2012 12:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Serious question for musically inclined sorts...DEAD/nonDEAD

Heh heh, I can like the heavy loud stuff ( a 68-69 Other One can get pretty damn intense, vulgar, and loud !) . When I was really getting into Rock in the early 70's , i liked the powerful , loud, bands like Cream, Hendrix, The Who ( think Live at Leeds ) , and I even loved Black Sabbath for "tuned lawnmower" sound . Later I liked some of the Punk stuff, to some extent ( love the Ramones ) . At the same time i liked the all the other great folks of the time that were not as noisy , Beatles, Moody Blues, Dylan,The Dead etc . As to Cream's loud jams, I grew up with them !
People like Zappa, King Crimson, and the like lead me to Classical , and Jazz took me a little later to get into, and The Dead would have been a prime influence that way . One of the things that makes Coltrane an easier step for someone who grew up on Cream, and Hendrix, is that Ginger Baker and Mitch Mitchell, both went to the Elvin Jones school of drumming !
Lets see, I like Blues, Country, Folk, Jazz, Rock n Roll, Classical, World Music, ... sounds like I might like the Grateful Dead ! I like the sophistication, and eloquence, of what they did with Bird Song, and the simple soulful gutbucket of a good Big Railroad Blues . Sometimes the Grateful Dead is like being at a strange banquet, where you are served, a series of dishes, all, different , that somehow go together . Like having, ribs, a Jack In the Box taco, some steamed vegetables, some fried chicken, a gourmet soup, sushi, corn-dogs, Thai food, well prepared fish , and mac and cheese ...